Expanding an Existing World

Episode 97 · December 12th, 2019 · 26 mins 38 secs

About this Episode

Acclaimed author, Maggie Stiefvater describes Call Down the Hawk, the first book in a brand-new trilogy, as a “big, strange, weird novel” full of all of the things she likes in both novels and life. This includes art, magic, music, and mythology.

Call Down the Hawk follows Ronan Lynch, a character who can take things out of his dreams and bring them into real life, and Jordan Hennessy, an artist, a thief, and maybe something else.

If you’re a fan of young-adult literature, you’re probably familiar with Maggie’s work. She is the New York Times best-selling author of The Raven Cycle, The Shiver Trilogy, and The Scorpio Races.

On this episode, we'll talk with her and award-winning author Scott Westerfeld about what it’s like to expand a fictional universe for eager fans. Scott is the author of The Uglies Series, The Leviathan Trilogy, and Impostors, among many other titles.

Special thanks:

  • Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
  • Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin
  • Associate Produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
  • Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan
  • *Suzanne McCabe is the Editor of Scholastic Kids Press